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Orange peel adjustment

Ive got myself and my gun fairly close to being dialed in for spraying universal clear. But I feel like after looking at my fenders tonight that Im missing that one last adjustment to lessen my orange peel. I dont have bad orange peel, probably close to what my factory paint is on my 14 Silverado. Im just confused on which way to go, but I have an idea and Im wondering if anyone can confirm it.

In the picture posted I had 2 coats on and it was pretty slick, Im real happy with how it looks and its what Im trying to get in the finished product. I put one more coat on after this picture and got a little peel, so at this point Im fairly certain it was down to me and not really the gun. From what I recall I might have slowed down a little but I cant remember for sure.


In the how to adjust your paint gun section this is in it:

A simple formula to remember is orange peel is fluid adjustment and run control is an air pressure adjustment. If you’re getting a few runs try upping the air pressure 5-10 pounds more

Orange peel is fluid adjustment, which means if I slowed down I put more fluid on the panel and got slight orange peel. Is this correct thinking?


Paint Fanatic
Staff member
Looks great maybe try wetting first coat more as second coat will not reflow the first coat and that is how dealers match factory is by spraying first coat dryer.
I started out about half way to where I thought I might end up on settings, and it sprayed a little dry again. So I opened up the fluid and fan a half turn, and about 3 pounds down on air, I always thought I might be a little too high on air. It looked good on my test paper and even better on the doors. I think all 3 coats sprayed at those settings and it would be even a little bit better looking.

Im really happy with it, and most of all I have a sense of direction to take. Thats what makes it so enjoyable for me, its a challenge and I learn something every time I'm in the booth. Thank you for the guidance.